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A Letter Sent to Bill Moyers

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The following is a letter which I wrote to former PBS reporter and Johnson White House staffer Bill Moyers. The letter was inspired by an article written by Molly Ivins entitled "Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously". I read the article on the CommonDreams.org web site.

Dear Mr. Moyers,

My name is Michael Bonanno. I've just read a column written by Molly Ivins. The column is entitled "Run Bill Moyers For President, Seriously". Although I'm sure that this column appears elsewhere, as Ms Ivins's columns are syndicated, I happened to read it on the CommonDreams.org web site. I've read many columns you've written on the CommonDreams.org web site as well.

In her column, Ms. Ivins suggests that we encourage you to seek the Democratic Party's 2008 nomination for president.

I'm quite sure that every Democrat and every Republican serving in the Senate and most Democrats and Republicans, if not all, serving in the House are far too beholden to multinational corporations and I've been racking my brain to think of potential candidates who are not.

Aside from being a man of impeccable integrity, you are articulate, composed, lucid and patient. In a word, you are brilliant.

You, Mr. Moyers, have a Kennedyesque sense of humor. Politicians no longer deliver humorous lines in a way that was one of the trademarks of both John and Bobby Kennedy. You can gain the attention of an audience with easy going humor and then, with your propensity for convincingly presenting logic that is undeniable, you can enlighten that audience.

While you don't intentionally target the emotions of your audience, the points you present and the manner in which you present them arouse appropriate and constructive passion in the members of your audiences.

I disagree with Ms Ivins on one point, however.

I am strongly opposed to The Electoral College. The Electoral College has a "trickle down" affect. If there were four candidates running for local dog catcher, a Libertarian, a Green, a Democrat and a Republican, the Democrat or the Republican would most likely win. Americans are conditioned to look at so called "third parties" as one would look at someone with a third eye.

When looking at the history of The Electoral College, one would see that either a Republican or a Democrat received the majority of electoral votes in any given presidential election with the exception of the first few elections held in The United States.

One looks at a map shown on any commercial television network on the evening of a presidential election and sees red dots and blue dots. Red and blue are not the only colors in the spectrum. However, it reinforces the conditioning about which I refer above.

In 1992, Ross Perot garnered 19% of the vote. He was running against a virtual unknown in Bill Clinton and an insider's insider whose lack of leadership was one of the main reasons for the economic troubles of the time, President George H. W. Bush.

Perot's speech was entertaining but not particularly articulate. He warned about the adverse consequences of NAFTA. People were so busy "getting a laugh out of" listening to him speak, they failed to zone in to his message. Form certainly outweighed substance in the case of Ross Perot.

There are many who have lost faith in the Democratic and Republican parties.

Dennis Kucinich, who is supposed to be a "maverick", supported John Kerry in 2004 although Kerry opposed many issues which Kucinich supported and supported many issues, especially the escalation of the war in Iraq, which Kucinich opposed.

The Congressional Record seems to show Kucinich recently voting for HR2830 which is the "Pension Reform Bill". This bill was introduced by John Boehner (R-OH) and can do nothing but hurt retired Americans, present and future. Representative George Miller (D-CA), a so called "liberal", gave an impassioned speech on the floor of the House opposing HR2830.

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